Bee Gees – The Legendary Band (Part 3)

The Bee Gees     80’s brought the album Living Eyes and platinum in the U.S. for soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever. This period also brought solo albums of Barry and Robin Gibb.In 1987 they produced the album E.S.P., which sold over 3 millions copies.
This time brought them also tragedy, on March 10, in 1988 brother Andy Gibb died at the age 30 (result : an inflammation of the heart muscle due to a recent viral infection). Andy used drugs and alcohol and this combination made his heart more susceptible to the ailment. The Bee Gees recorded the album One With Song, which was dedicated to Andy (Wish You Were Here). This song is in repertoires of many solo singers and also more music bands.

     In the end of 80’s, they went to European tour. After returning they had problems. Barry had problems with his back and Maurice drinking problem. Both of these battles were successfully won. In the end of 1997 they prepared a live concert in Las Vegas with name One Night Only. CD from that was sold over 5 million copies. This concert promotion kicks off the world tour, including concerts in London and Sydney. The tour was closed on December 31, 1999.
In 2001 they recorded their the last album This Is Where I Came In. You can find there only songs, which were composing by Gibbs together. Their last public live show was Live By Request.
In 2003 there was repeat tragedy in their family, they lost one of the brothers. Now that was Maurice. (he died on January 12, 2003 – strangulated intestine). The surviving brothers decided to leave the name The Bee Gees (for all time this name will represent only these three brothers – Robin, Maurice, Barry) and work on solo albums.
In 2004 Robin traveled on his solo tour in Germany, Russia and Asia.
The Bee Gees didn’t concentrate only of their own concert, but also contribute to the Music of UNICEF Concert and other charity concerts. In the beginning of next year (January 2005), the brothers Barry and Robin recorded with some other artists album Grief Never Growns Old for Disasters Emergency Committee as official tsunami relief (Memory of victim in tsunami in Asia in the end of 2004).In 2006 brothers presented on recital for a Miami Charity (benefit of Diabetes Research Institute – the first public presentation after Maurice death).

The Bee Gees were on of the most popular and also one of the most successful music band in the world. They sold over 225 millions records, their songs were covered by many singers and bands such as Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Celine Dion, Ret Hot Chili Pepers, etc. During their career, they also had written many song for many artists such as Kenny Rogers, Samantha Sang, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton, etc.
The Bee Gees income to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into Vocal Group Hall of Fame and ARIA Hall of fame. During their existention they got many awards such as est Pop Performance by a Group, Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Best Arrangement of Voices, Lifetime Achievement Award, Legend Award, etc.
In 1999 The Post Office in the Isle of Man (where all brothers were born) presented set of six stamps with The Bee Gees.

Present time: In the end for 2007, Moonlight Publications in Australia presented a new book. The name of its is Spin Dried. There are many new information about The Bee Gees. Robin was presented on German TV show and he attended in concert of Led Zeppelin in London. The band was honoured with a plaque in Brisbane’s rock’n roll Walk of Frame. In the same time The Bee Gees were back on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play for the first time in 28 years.
Brothers wee interviewed at many radios and TV such as BBC, German TV, Channel 4 UK etc.
In January, surviving brothers issued tribute song Stayin’ Alive to their brother Maurice.
On February had tribute band concert. In the same month, Barry recorded duet with Olivia Newton John for her new album. The Bee Gees came to the Playboy Hall of Fame.
On March, 2008 – Robin Gibb performed at Dubai Jazz Festival.

1965 – The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs
1966 – Spicks and Specks
1967 – Bee Gees 1st
1968 – Horizontal
1968 – Idea
1968 – Odessa
1970 – Cucumber Castle
1970 – 2 Years On
1971 – Trafalgar
1972 – To Whom It May Concern
1873 – Kife In a Tin Can
1974 – Mr. Natural
1975 – Main Course
1976 – Children of The Wold
1978 – Saturday Night Fever
1979 – Spirits Having Flown
1981 – Living Eyes
1987 – E.S.P.
1989 – One
1991 – High Civilization
1993 – Size Isn’t Everything
1997 – Still Waters
2001 – This Is Where I Came In

Movie Music:
1971 – Melody
1977 – Saturday Night Fever
1978 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
1983 – Staying Alive

1969 – Best Of Bee Gees
1973 – Best Of Bee Gees, Volume 2
1979 – Bee Gees Greatest
1990 – Tales From The Brothers Gibb, A History In Song 1967-1990
1996 – The Very Best Of The Bee Gees
2001 – Their Greatest Hits, The Record
2004 – Number Ones
2005 – Love Songs
2006 – The Studio Albums 1967-1968

Life records:
1977 – Here At Last, Bee Gees Live
1998 – One Night Only

Past members of the band:
Barry Gibb – rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb – didn’t play, but can paly piano, Cello, other instruments
Maurice Gibb – bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, piano, organ, mellotron, electronic keyboards, synthesizers, drum tracks
Stephen Gibb – guitar (1998)
Colin Petersen – drums (1967 – 1969)
Vince Melouney — lead guitar (1967 – 1968)
Geoff Bridgeford — drums (1969 – 1972)
Alan Kendall — lead guitar (1971 – 1980, 1987 – 2001)
Dennis Bryon — drums (1974 – 1980)
Blue Weaver — keyboards (1975 – 1980)

Some artists who accompanied the band on their concerts or in studio
Carlos Alomar – guitar
Ray Barretto – bonga
Reb Beach – guitar
Tony Beard – drums
Michael Bennett – keyboards
Matt Bonelli – bass guitar
Tim Cansfield – guitar
David Foster – keyboards
Stephen Gibb – guitar
Reggie Griffin – guitar
Adrian Hales – drums
Steve Jordan – drums
Manu Katché – drums
Jim Keltner – drums
Robbie Kondor – keyboards
Rhett Lawrence – synthesizers
Mike McEvoy – keyboards/guitar
Marcus Miller – bass guitar
Tim Moore – keyboards
Nick Moroch – electric guitar
Russ Powell – bass guitar
Pino Palladino – bass guitar
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass guitar
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards
Steve Rucker – drums
Raphael Saadiq – bass guitar, guitar, programming drums, sing
Marc Schulman – guitar
Steve Skinner – synthesizers
Ben Stivers – keyboards
Michael Thompson – guitar
Peter-John Vettese – keyboards
Waddy Wachtel – guitar
Jeff Porcaro – drums

A Tale of the Bee Gees

Tribute to Maurice Wish You Were Here


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One Response to Bee Gees – The Legendary Band (Part 3)

  1. ettarose says:

    The Bee Gees are will always be my favorite group. No one could sing like they did and still do. Excellent article!

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